Death in the wind …
Blood on the mind …
Vengeance in the Heart …
Vengeance. Not all it’s cracked up to be?
During the entire production Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando
were only on the set on the same day just one time,
despite their multiple scenes together.
This would account for the fact that it’s almost impossible to find
shots of them within the same frame.
Marlon Brando’s performance was mostly improvised. Arthur Penn eventually gave up on him and decided to just let him act
whatever way he wanted.
Brando unprofessional behavior became the stuff
of movie legend. But he didn’t seem to care.
How profoundly this affected his career is hard to say?
Jack Nicholson also didn’t like the fact that Marlon Brando used cue cards while filming. In their scenes together, Nicholson broke his concentration every time Brando shifted his gaze to the cue card behind the cameraman.
“I’d like almost anythin better ‘n bein burnt up.”
Brando agreed to accept $1 million for five weeks work
plus 11.3% of gross receipts in excess of $10 million.
– IMDB Trivia
Nicholson agreed $1.25 million for ten weeks work,
plus 10% of the gross receipts in excess of $12.5 million.
In 1976 that was good loot.
Hell I’d go for that right now.
“Regulator? Ain’t that like a dry gulcher?”
“Well, that’s not the softest term you could use, I’d say.”
“Why don’t we just take a walk and we’ll just talk about the Wild West
and how to get the hell out of it!”
“Damn, I don’t know why they had to put Canada all the way up here.”
“The closer you get to Canada, the more things’ll eat your horse.”
Turner Classic Movies (TCM):
User Reviews: 4 out of 5
“The Missouri Breaks (1976) is not your usual Western. In fact, it’s not your usual anything. The words most commonly used in reviews at the time of its release were “bizarre” and “odd” and it must have equally confused audiences expecting something quite different from the inspired teaming of Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson. But seen today, the film’s peculiar mixture of Western cliches, black comedy, quirky romance and revenge drama makes for a decidedly offbeat entertainment.”
Death in the wind …